The arena was filled from top to bottom with Duke fans, anticipating another instant classic against their team's newest rival.
The problem was, Syracuse didn't come ready for another prize fight.
The Syracuse offense was no match for the swarming Duke defense. The Orange (18-11, 9-7 ACC) shot a season-low 30.6 percent from the field and fell flat in Cameron Indoor Stadium for a 73-54 defeat on Saturday night.
"You've got to make shots to beat or to be in the game with the fourth ranked team in the country," Jim Boeheim said.